Marian Hossa To Retire a Blackhawk

On Tuesday morning the Chicago Blackhawks announced they’re signing a big-time forward. Sadly, he won’t help them down the stretch… but he already helped them become a dynasty.

Marian Hossa will sign a one-day contract to retire, officially, as a member of the Blackhawks before Thursday night’s game.

Hossa is the greatest free agent signing in the history of Chicago sports. Not just the Blackhawks — all of Chicago sports.

He authored some of the most incredible moments of the dynasty. His two-way excellence led the Hawks to three championships. He was as good as advertised and then some, which has been painfully rare in this city.

59 thoughts on “Marian Hossa To Retire a Blackhawk

  • April 5, 2022 at 12:07 pm
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    Thank you HOSS, This organization could use some good news and class! Best 2 way forward I ever saw play.

  • April 5, 2022 at 12:16 pm
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    cut from the same mold as my favorite athlete steve larmer. every time they jumped over the boards they gave everything they had. can’t ask for more than that.

  • April 5, 2022 at 12:53 pm
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    Hossa perhaps the Greatest BlackHawk of all time…..he did it ALL on the ice !! And with Class…..

  • April 5, 2022 at 1:03 pm
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    Hossa was my favorite player even before he got to Chicago. I was giddy the day the Blackhawks sifted him. Tab is absolutely right- the greatest free agent signing in Chicago sports history. It’s no coincidence the downfall started with his departure due to his ailment.

  • April 5, 2022 at 1:38 pm
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    29, I’m with you. He was my favorite also. Him and Lamer we cut from the same sheet. Both are HOF and rafter worthy. I always had the feeling that Hossa was the quite leader in the background for the Hawks. The 2017-18 season was a train wreak and it happens to be the year he stopped playing. How do you go from 109 pt regular season in 2016 to 76 pt in 2017 with Kane and Toews in their prime? Answer Hossa being gone!

    Sunday night for Toews 1000 you heard the crowd at the united center get louder when Hossa stepped on the ice. Its going to be nuts on Thursday. Thanks for the memories Hossa

  • April 5, 2022 at 1:50 pm
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    Good to see this happen, an amazing player, agree with everything said in the article and comments.

  • April 5, 2022 at 3:27 pm
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    Yes nice to see. Heck he’s off of AZ’s books. Can he suit up and we’ll send out Hoss Toews Kane as the first line.

  • April 5, 2022 at 4:03 pm
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    Hossa will be remembered as one of the best players the Hawks have ever had. Think he’d be interested in the coaching job?

  • April 5, 2022 at 4:50 pm
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    Hossa was a horse ! 3 cups ! It’s nice to see Larmer name in comparison ! Hope to see the 2 of them retired into the rafters ! Pops 4

  • April 5, 2022 at 7:11 pm
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    Thank you Mr. Hossa for choosing to play for the Hawks. You were an outstanding player both on and off the ice. The “Hoe” was one of my favorites. I wish you a very long and happy retirement. You will never be forgotten for your positive contributions to the team’s success.
    Yours truly,
    William Krochak

  • April 5, 2022 at 8:31 pm
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    The only Hawks jersey I own.

  • April 6, 2022 at 1:13 am
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    The prototype 2-way player. Laid it all out on the ice and let the music do the talking. A backchecking wizard. It was a privilege to watch him play. The Hawks were a good team back in 2010 but became a great team with the addition of Marian Hossa. Thanks Hoss.

  • April 6, 2022 at 4:32 am
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    Hossa-Hossa-Hossa!!!

    What everyone just said… Times 3

    Hossa and Mikita – Favorite Hawks– all time!!!

  • April 6, 2022 at 5:17 am
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    9 x 9 will always equal HOSSA! Best memories of one of the best Hawks teams EVER! Thanks for the greatest hockey memories #81!

  • April 6, 2022 at 6:56 am
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    I know this is a bit out there, so don’t mock me Wrap! :-) But, the closest player that we have in the organization that reminds me most of Hossa is Taylor Raddysh! The kid plays well on both ends of the ice, he has size, he skates well, he hits, he digs, he passes well, he can score, he’s a team player! All he needs now is some effective linemates, and Toews, Kubalik, and Dach just don’t constitute effective linemates in my book. Perhaps, Reichel could be one of those linemates?

  • April 6, 2022 at 7:27 am
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    Tommy Ivan– me likes Raddysh too- does everything well… I like the Kid…
    And makes GM Hagel trade look great w Picks on the way…

    BUT let’s not kid ourselves

    Hossa- skating wise–was an elite skater/speed/power – not many in NHL like Hoss + all of his other skills + His Hockey IQ – was off the charts

  • April 6, 2022 at 8:02 am
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    Tommy – not gonna mock ; ) – I’m also a Raddysh fan as it seems most everyone is becoming

    As for Hossa this is excellent news! The combo of skill, IQ and work ethic endeared him to not just Hawk fans but hockey fans everywhere – he never cheated the game!

    Wouldn’t mind at all if KD found a spot for him on the coaching staff

  • April 6, 2022 at 8:08 am
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    @Blutes! I said he skated well, and yes I agree, the two greatest skaters that I have seen were Yvan Cournoyer and Marian Hossa. Raddysh is not in that class. But, I like this player!

  • April 6, 2022 at 8:10 am
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    @Bobby Orr…I am so sorry! This was the greatest skater that I have ever seen!

  • April 6, 2022 at 8:57 am
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    About 10 years old me and Mrs. Hammer Time flew out to Portland Oregon to visit her son and see the grandkids and I took my granddaughter who was 11 at the time to a Portland Winterhawks game which is in the WHL. When we were walking around the stadium checking out things, they had banners of previous players and I looked up and there was a Marian Hossa banner hanging up in their atrium. My jaw hit the floor because I didn’t know he played for them. Talking to some old timers later in the game, they reminisced what type of a player he was: He only played one year (in 1997-98) for them leading the team to a Memorial Cup trophy, had 45 goals in 53 regular season games plus had 13 goals in the playoffs that year. The old timers said they knew he was going to be a star back then.

  • April 6, 2022 at 10:06 am
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    Any list of greatest skaters in NHL has to include Paul Coffey

    About 10 years ago I played against him in a pick up game – he could still get from one end of the rink to the other in what seemed like 2 effortless strides – amazing skater still!

  • April 6, 2022 at 10:11 am
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    One of six hawks jerseys I have framed and hanging on the walls. Loved the way he played the game and handled himself on and off the ice, first class all the way. He really complimented the core of those championship teams and led by example.

  • April 6, 2022 at 10:21 am
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    @Wrap! Right on! I just love strong skaters, those who just slice through the defense effortlessly and daring them to keep up. This McDavid is no slouch of a skater either! Those old Canadian teams of the early 70’s could all skate. It was like watching the Ice Capades playing hockey. The most graceful and beautiful hockey, and then the Edmonton teams of the 80’s. Now, that’s beautiful hockey, I wish we could play that way – I can’t stand the dump and chase.

  • April 6, 2022 at 11:05 am
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    Tommy, A key component to the success of those 80s Oiler teams according to Mark Messier was that they were light years ahead of the competition skating wise due to their buy in to the summer power skating programs. Most teams in the league right now are far superior in skating than the Hawks Do they have a program or are they woefully behind as they are with the off ice physical training?

  • April 6, 2022 at 12:14 pm
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    So much for the debate about whether Dach or Reichel should play wing – today at practice they’re both playing wing alongside Toews

    Raddysh with Kub centred by TJ – hopefully TJ just needed a couple of games to get going after injury cause based on recent games he should be on 4 th line or scratched

    Think I’d rather keep Raddysh with Toews and Dach centre 3rd line but we’ll see

  • April 6, 2022 at 12:22 pm
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    Off course we all know that Hossa will be part of the new plan with the Hawks front office …and he will do a great job helping the Franchise.
    Hopefully rocky will give him the tool and the time to work this out .
    Hawks need 3-5 years to do the rebuilding that Bowman was supposed to do 2-4 years ago .

  • April 6, 2022 at 12:26 pm
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    @Wrap – why Johnson? He has looked terrible in the last two games that I watched. What about that Slavin kid and Entwhistle on a line with Raddysh? Put Ketchsup between Big Johnson(Reese) and Little Johnson(Tyler)!

  • April 6, 2022 at 12:56 pm
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    If other hawks esp #88 played 2 way hockey like hoss and datsuk, our 3 cup “dynasty” would have been 4 or 5 cups, maybe 6

    IMO the real leaders of that run were seabs and hoss: give me a team of players like them and I’ll bring you never ending hardware

  • April 6, 2022 at 1:16 pm
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    I’m curious Tim+W
    You ask if the Hawks are behind in skating training. You then claim their physical training is not strong either, saying “… woefully behind as they are with the off ice physical training”.

    Do you attend their summer and in-season physical training sessions, or are you assuming that they are poor? Is it the quality of coaching, facilities or perhaps the attendees that are poor? Kindly help me understand how you can make that statement and have it read as anything other than an outsider’s complaint – which is certainly your right. What is your suggestion to make it a better program and turn this around so you would be happy?

  • April 6, 2022 at 1:30 pm
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    Another key component of the Oiler teams of the 80’s was that there was no salary cap back then.

  • April 6, 2022 at 1:58 pm
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    Hammer I think that was a big influence for the later Detroit success too.

  • April 6, 2022 at 2:45 pm
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    Kevin Delaney has been skating and skills coach for Blackhawks since 2011. He is credited with working with, helping improve Hossa and the rest of the team through the cup winning years. Seemed to be capable then, well respected with Ncaa and youth power skating programs. Seems more like the old you can’t get blood from a stone. Oilers Wayne Gretzky creditted working with Dorothy Hamil and other figure skaters with elevating his career to another level. Old school Sather finally bought in, hiring a permanent skating coach in early 90s but similar to Blackhawks as talent decreased so did success on ice despite a bigger committment to skating.

  • April 6, 2022 at 2:47 pm
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    Silent, I watch each and every game and observe that the Hawks are on the losing end of the skating and physical battles each game. Can you recall a game in recent memory where you said after watching that you thought the Hawks looked more physical and wore the other team down.. As far as changing things I would focus on power skating and a strong off ice program.How do I know they are lacking??? My eyes.

  • April 6, 2022 at 3:03 pm
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    Yes Ian, that was kinda what I wanted to know from Tim. I agree with him – we don’t appear to skate as well or be as strong as most teams on most nights. He blames it on the training, but doesn’t specify what part of the training is his main concern. I thought he had some insight or specific information other than the whine of we aren’t good enough.

  • April 6, 2022 at 5:41 pm
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    We’re definitely missing something thou: They don’t skate well, not physical, no intensity. Watched Minnesota-Nashville last night. We’re light years away from being those type of teams. Hope our GM watched it too.

  • April 6, 2022 at 6:07 pm
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    Hammer with KD, a new coach and a revamped roster hopefully that soons becomes a thing of the past, time will tell.

  • April 6, 2022 at 6:13 pm
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    Silent, I don’t get what your deal is with me but if you don’t agree with a post then state why and move on. I watch the games and state my opinion. I don’t “WHINE” . I just provide a view on the obvious sub standard play physically for the last few years. If you don’t like the opinion just skim past my posts and you won’t have to be bothered with my perceived whining. I really don’t read any of yours as they don’t state anything or provide much if that helps you out.

  • April 6, 2022 at 6:49 pm
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    Tim I read all posts cuz I like diversity of opinions. But sometimes I can learn an opinion of someone before their 40th or 100th time writing the same thing. As a whiner, I know a whine when I read a whine! No need to be defensive of who you are. It’s ok. Really!!!

  • April 6, 2022 at 7:48 pm
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    When the same weaknesses show up each game I will point them out. If that ends up being 95% of the games or 40 or 100 times then that will be what I post. Thanks for your acceptance though. It means so much

  • April 6, 2022 at 8:14 pm
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    silent & tim w

    i don’t have an opinion on which of you are correct or even if you both are wrong. what i would like to see is this team care about what has happened to them as much you guys do and so many of us posters do. i think a central theme through so many of the comments on this site is the lack of a sixty minute effort every night. and that lack of effort lies amongst the players who are not giving that effort, the teammates who are, but are not calling out the ones who don’t, and that piece of garbage king who constantly refers to that lack of effort in his remarks and refuses to demand that effort out of his team. it is called “toi” mister king. the control of that is in your back pocket.

    imo this team could be a playoff team, not a good one, but there if kane played eighteen minutes of hard skating hockey every night and that monster sized s. jones put a couple of the opposition skaters in the cheap seats every night and then dared the rest of the locker room to play with less effort than they were putting out. i agree entirely with goforfour about seabs and hossa being the real leader of those teams. this team has no pride about it’s effort and it sure does not appear that demands for a winning effort are being issued in that locker room.

    it is obvious from the comments that many of us have been fans, not for several years, but for several decades. the bruins hold the record for most consecutive years in the playoffs at 29 with the hawks second at 28. not the wings, not the canadiens, not the leafs ….. the hawks. you don’t put up playoff numbers like that without coming to the rink ready to play hard every night. those of you who were around to support those teams loved them to death as much as i did because they were just has gritty and tough and hard to play against as was that nasty building they played in. from guys whose effort greatly exceeded their skills like reggie flemming and darryl sutter to the supremely talented jeremy roenick who found some way to have even greater effort than he had remarkable skills. from monsters like moose vasko to little guys like stan mikita. where is that “compete” with this team? none of those teams ever won a cup, but we loved them just as we loved the three cup winners. everything starts with heart and effort and this team is woefully lacking in both departments.

    i love the hagel trade other than it really hurts to lose a guy who plays the game the right way and would have been welcomed in every hawks dressing room. last year was fun watching all of the rookies try to find their way to more toi and a new contract in the nhl. this year has been an abysmal horror show. i feel real bad for all of us who love this team so much.

  • April 6, 2022 at 8:59 pm
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    Well said HAWKS29. Wish some of our players had yours and many of the past Hawks passion and took pride in performance.

  • April 6, 2022 at 9:05 pm
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    Hawks29, i think we have to KD a chance, actually we don’t have a choice, to see what he can do. It didn’t seem like making King interim coach for rest of season was his doing, who actually i thought would be a legitimately auditioning for the job, now i hope not. It is going be a few year process, see who he hires to coach and around him from now until draft. Improving the roster drastically is not likely a priority for a couple of years, he is bringing in size and sandpaper players who compete so far, patience is needed.

  • April 6, 2022 at 9:35 pm
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    ian

    i just want to feel they have a plan in place and the guts to stay the course. unlike the rebuild of last year that lasted about eight months before that pathetic excuse for a gm and human being panicked and blew it up to try to sneak into the playoffs this year.

    love what the bears have done. right or wrong poles said he wasn’t going crazy on free agents and he stood fast. he and the head coach appear to have a blueprint of how they want to build the team and qualities they are seeking in players delineated by position group. they might make personnel choices that don’t pan out, but at least there is a framework for success in place.

    my goal for the hawks this season was for bowman and colliton to be fired so i am satisfied. i would have chosen a different gm, but kd has my full support (not that it matters) and seems to be off to a good start. at first blush by trading hagel he is not catering to the fans and that is important. as always i am hoping for the best.

  • April 7, 2022 at 12:53 am
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    With the Hawks down 4-3, Hossa gets a 5 min major with a minute left in regulation against Nashville in Game 5 of the 2010 playoffs. Miracle 1: Kane scores sh goal with 13 sec remaining. Miracle 2: Hossa comes out of the box and immediately scores game winner. Hawks take a 3-2 series lead. The pivotal goal that put the Hawks on track to win their first Cup in 49 years.

  • April 7, 2022 at 10:06 am
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    It’s called accountability. This Hawks team has none especially in the coaching staff. Until KD addresses this they don’t have a chance.

  • April 7, 2022 at 10:46 am
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    Agree on the accountability. But I don’t feel it is a recent phenomenon. The last year plus of the Coach Q time here was awful hockey. The last couple months was a joke. He had lost the team, and then when he was fired, the team responded by throwing a tantrum. They never really gave JC a chance and a tug of war between vets and coaching ensued. Team leadership – the vets – let the players down. But the love for Q here on the board was stronger than the willingness to look at veteran players, who ultimately run the locker room mood. And they should.

    I feel this team never got its feet back under it, excepting for a short period of months last season. And clearly, it’s a mess right now. My feeling – this is about the locker room, which needs a major overhaul along with the coaching staff. The team needs new leadership in the locker room too. We need to make room for a new group. It has started.

  • April 7, 2022 at 10:51 am
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    King is just surviving until this season is over. His open ridicule of the team and lack of apparent attempt at changing the culture says it all. I think he already phoned it in. He’s been around long enough in hockey to see the writing on the wall.

  • April 7, 2022 at 11:27 am
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    If we had a team of self motivated players like young Toews Keith Seabs Hossa Bolland et al we’d see a lot better effort these days but we don’t

    Most players are not the sort of player that give max effort despite the coach – most players need a coach to get the best out of them – the Hawks don’t have such a coach and haven’t had such a coach going back as someone else posted to latter days Q

    A very obvious example is the difference in CAL this year – it took a while for Sutter to get the most out his players but he’s doing it now and the results are there for all to see – these are mostly the same CAL players who looked disinterested a lot of games even last year – Johnny Gaudreau being Exhibit A

    So what happened? Darryl Sutter happened – a good coach makes a lot of difference

  • April 7, 2022 at 12:18 pm
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    And Sutter had the same type of team in LA. It lasted about as long as Q in Chicago.

    Players don’t like accountability. They like the paychecks. If you don’t have personal accountability, you likely won’t like it for long if forced upon you by others. Thus the shelf life of a head coach.

  • April 7, 2022 at 1:07 pm
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    Agree this organization was broke at the top and to fix it you need to start there, work your way down. They have done that from President to Gm, Rocky gets a pass. Now coaching and other areas affecting on ice product need to be addressed. Deciding who will stay and who goes, getting the proper talent in the system, a coach who can get the most out what players he has to work with and to some extent maybe help bring in. We don’t know what goes on in the dressing room among players and coaches for sure, personally i don’t get how the players who were responsible for finally creating a winning culture on this team are the blame because they are losing now. Some players brought in the last few years don’t seem to have the competitive drive anymore and that is a symptom of breakdowns off the ice. Looks like they could be on a good path, have to give KD a fair shot i guess.

  • April 7, 2022 at 1:21 pm
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    I am ready to see what JD does this off season. I like what I’ve seen so far.

    With Ed O signing a contract to be back in the booth next year, I’m gonna assume he isn’t getting a position in Hawks management.

    Ian – what do you think ended the Coach Q era? Did he suddenly become an awful coach? Did the team quit on him and whose fault would that be? Did we suddenly have an awful team between the regular season and the playoffs against Nashville?

    Ultimately, players play the game. Not the coaches. King knows and is resigned to the apparent reality that this group of guys isn’t committed to playing hard. Sitting 15 guys a night isn’t a good reality.

  • April 7, 2022 at 2:04 pm
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    SS that year besides Hossa retiring, on the blueline that year they replaced Hammer and Campbell with Gus plus a still young newly acquired Murphy. Crawford had injury issues as well, not sure how much that was a factor when Q was still there but they were trending down. The core of this team played alot of hockey on cup years and every team that enjoys alot of success the wear and tear, short off seasons force a reset at some point. Obviously Q said himself he wanted to win not develop youngsters, Colliton was supposed to be able to take the helm there but obviously waan’t as successful as advertised. Plus Bowmans patchwork turned out to be a disaster. Don’t think it wad all that sudden, just time catching up coupled with what turned out to be a poor retool attempt from Bowman.

  • April 7, 2022 at 2:15 pm
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    Can’t argue with your assessment. Lots of miles on a lot of players probably goes underappreciated by many of us. International competitions too. Travel…

  • April 7, 2022 at 3:07 pm
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    I also think as you already said Silent that HCs have shelf lives – familiarity with Q probably diminshed his effectiveness in the latter stages plus the veterans had won 2 or 3 Cups already – no doubt the hunger wasn’t as strong and then the wear and tear and then the poor trades then Hossa retiring…

  • April 7, 2022 at 3:50 pm
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    Not sure what you mean exactly by shelf life. Sometimes a team needs a shakeup and the easy way is a new head coach. Coaches resign from burnout or other personal reasons, as Q indicated he didn’t want to spend a few years developing youngsters or have a great relationship with his Gm, he wanted a team ready to win, so the he could be a certain coach doesn’t fit the situation anymore. Lots of reasons why coaches move on or are let go.

  • April 7, 2022 at 6:05 pm
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    Sometimes it doesn’t take very long for a strong Head Coach and staff to implement a new culture and work ethic. Darryl Sutter took over the Calgary Flames on March 05,2021. He took over a lazy and out of shape underachieving team and a short few months later he had them transformed into a relentless fast paced team with a hard edge. This was accomplished without a true #1 D Man or many slick skating puck movers at all on the backend. The Flames are a pleasure to watch this season. Wish the Hawks had went to get him when he was available.

  • April 7, 2022 at 6:07 pm
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    Granted that he wanted to stay closer to the family farm in western Canada but it certainly would have been worth a meeting or 2 to convince him.

  • April 7, 2022 at 7:34 pm
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    TimW Sutter is tough but has an extremely good relationship with his players, listen to them talk about him, says alot. Never hear him throw a player under the bus in a press conference, ton of 2way repect with him.

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